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10 March 2010
Stand up and be counted in Census
across Liverpool are being urged to stand up and be counted in the
Census to make sure the city secures as much public money as
possible over the next decade.
The Census is an estimate of the population carried out by the
Office for National Statistics (ONS), in which everyone is asked the
same questions on the same day, 27 March 2011and forms are dropping on
doormats this week for people to fill in.
The amount of money that public services such as the police, fire,
ambulance, the NHS and the council receive is based upon the city’s
population, so it is vital it is as accurate as possible.
During the last Census, only 89% of households in Liverpool returned
the document, compared to a national average of 94%. It is
estimated that the city’s population was underestimated by over
10,000 people – meaning it has lost out on at least £150 million in
funding across the public sector over the decade.
Deputy Council Leader Paul Brant said:- “It is absolutely
essential that every resident stands up to be counted in the Census
because it has a massive impact on the money the city receives as a
whole. There is a lot of money at stake under the current
arrangements and if people don’t return their Census form they are
effectively depriving the city of funding for doctor, nurses, police
officers, public transport and other vital services.
Given the huge reductions in public spending at the moment, it is
more vital than ever that have an accurate picture of the city’s
population. It affects our planning for the demand on services
and if we don’t have the right information we can’t target our
resources where they are needed most.
Now more than ever, we are asking people to do what is right, for
the good of the city.”
Population figures from the Census are used to calculate a range of
statistics such as crime, health, unemployment and housing which
measure public sector performance. Response rates were lower
among the young adult men, Chinese and black ethnic groups as well
as in the city’s more deprived communities.
Manchester City Council successfully challenged the results of the
2001 status and its population was increased by 27,000 – securing an
additional £100 million in grant settlement from central government
over the last decade.
The personal information Liverpool residents provide on their Census
forms is completely confidential and isn’t published or shared with
any other organisation or government department.
Residents can either return their form by pre-paid post or complete
it online. Office for National Statistics staff with official
identification will visit homes that haven’t returned a form in
Anyone with questions can call the Census helpline on:- 0300 0201 101
Census is compulsory and failure to send back the form can result in
a fine of up to £1,000. Email us your views on this to:-
forms ‘Save Our Fish’ Group
A cross-party campaign group of
European MPs has been formed to prevent the “hijack” of plans for
radical reform of EU fisheries policies.
North West Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies took the initiative to
create the ‘Fish for the Future’ group. He says its objective is to
ensure that there are more fish in the sea and more jobs for
The new body already has the support of MEPs from 14 countries,
including Southport Conservative Sir Robert Atkins and Labour’s
Linda McAvan (Yorkshire)
With up to 80% of fisheries being managed unsustainably the European
Commission intends to propose major policy reforms later this year
EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki has already announced that
she wants a science-led approach and aims to ban the wasteful
practice of discarding fish into the sea, dead, when quotas have
Fisheries management will be transferred from Brussels to regional
organisations involving local fishermen, food companies and
environmentalists. But Chris Davies warns that the reforms are
likely to face tough political opposition and are at risk of being
hijacked. He said:- “In many European waters there are
too many boats chasing too few fish. Capacity must be reduced and
that will be fiercely resisted.
Our seas are capable of supporting many more fish than now exist
after so much overfishing. We cannot allow the agenda to be set by
short term thinking that ignores the need to ensure that we have
fish on the table in 50 or 100 years’ time.”
The MEP claims that support for reform has the support of all
parties in Britain but faces likely challenges from MEPs and
ministers representing Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.
He said:- “The Coalition Government’s fisheries minister,
Richard Benyon, is arguing the case for change at every opportunity,
but the extent of opposition he faces will become known only when
the European Commission publishes the details of its plans.”
A NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION HITS BRITAIN
25% of Britons is suffering from
a new psychological condition – called:- ‘Weekendvy’, a new study has
revealed. ‘Weekendvy’ means we are 'economical with the truth' when
confronted by colleagues and friends at the start of the week – when
asked “How was your weekend?”
The study commissioned by Travelodge surveyed 5,000 adults to
investigate how Britons spend their weekend in today’s high
technology world. Findings revealed the pressure for Britons
to have an action packed fun weekend is so high that 27% of adults
will lie, about what they got up to over the weekend - in order to
sound cool and impress others.
Britons are hit the hardest by the psychological condition –
‘Weekendvy’ on Monday morning especially within the workplace and
when updating their Facebook page.
The top 5 most popular activities Britons will pretend they did over
the weekend when they didn’t are:-
1. Paint the town red on Saturday night with their partner or friend
2. Visited friends
3. Went to a dinner party
4. Went out for a romantic meal
5. Took a short break - when really they just re-told of an old
experience where they took a UK short break and made it sound like
they went at the weekend
Top UK Psychologist, Corinne Sweet commented on the findings and
said:- “The Travelodge weekend study has exposed a new
psychological condition we Brits are suffering from: 'Weekendvy'.
It's to do with needing to feel like an 'Alpha' male or female, with
high status. As we don't want to admit that most of our weekend time
is spent trying to catch up with housework, paperwork and lost
sleep. It's the horrible feeling that everyone else is having a
better time than us, going away, partying or having fun. No-one
likes to think of themselves as lonely, or boring, so we like to
create a psychological 'smoke-screen' pretending, a bit like Bridget
Jones, that we're having a wonderful time, when we're not.
'Weekendvy' means we pretend we're having romantic weekend breaks,
learning new skills, or having wonderful sex, when in fact most of
us are trying to catch up on lost sleep and overwhelming household
chores and paperwork."
Listed below are the top seven regions where adults are hardest hit
3. West Midlands / Scotland
4. North West / South East / North East
7. East Anglia
Further findings from the report revealed the stresses and pressures
of living in a fast paced 24 / 7 culture is certainly taking its
toll as 33% of Britons reported their weekend is just becoming an
extension of their working week due to work commitments. 29%
of adults stated they are so exhausted and tired by Friday evening
that they regularly spend their weekend catching up on sleep.
40% of adults surveyed stated they wish they could have more fun at
the weekends like they use to be able to. 10% of adults stated
that they do not get any time for themselves during the weekend as
their time is taken up with family commitments.
The report also revealed traditional weekend rituals such as the
traditional Sunday lie-in and having a Sunday roast dinner are also
on the decline. Just 23% of adults reported they have a regular lie
in on a Sunday morning with the average lie-in being 1 hour and 4
minutes. 21% of respondents reported they have a traditional roast
dinner every Sunday, with chicken being the top choice followed by
beef and pork. In addition only 12% of adults go to Church on a
Other key findings from the report included:-
► 44% of adults reported they wish they could have more fun at the
of respondents stated they wish they could get out more at the
weekends and explore the UK.
► 21% of adults feel their friends and
work colleagues have more fun than they do at the weekend.
► 26% of respondents reported they wish
they could be more spontaneous at the weekend.
► 18% of Britons has never taken a UK
The report also revealed that on average Britons spend 21 days a
year at work making weekend arrangements. With Monday morning,
Wednesday and Thursday afternoon being the peak arrangement times to
email and make calls.
Travelodge Spokeswoman, Shakila Ahmed said:- “It’s time to
reclaim our weekend. Who hasn't sat down on Sunday evening and
wondered where the weekend went? With more of us working longer
hours, these two precious days designed for rest and recuperation
are too often consumed by a whirl of duties and catching up with
ourselves. You can cure 'Weekendvy', with a few tweaks to your
routine, a little originality and ingenuity and you can make the
world of difference to your lifestyle.
To help Britons reclaim their weekend, Travelodge is offering
thousands of £19 rooms across the UK for a quick getaway. It’s
amazing what’s on your doorstep within hours you could be at the
seaside or exploring one of the UK’s great 66 cities.”
Listed below are some tips to help Britons reclaim their weekend:-
► Jot Down A Plan For The Weekend - By creating a plan you are
more likely to make time for fun and stop shopping, cleaning,
cooking, and chores dominating your weekend.
► Shift The Chores To Weekdays - Do the supermarket run, house
cleaning or laundry on Thursday or Friday night.
► Get Out Of Bed At The Same Time As Weekdays – Don’t lose half
the day under the duvet. In addition to freeing up more time for
your weekend fun, you'll also regulate your body clock better and
avoid that Monday morning "hungover" feeling.
► Make One Day A Fun Day – Don’t let errands and work spread to
both Saturday and Sunday. Make one day for activities that makes you
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